Xbox Infinity PlayStation 4 Rivalry

Xbox Infinity vs. PlayStation 4: Is the classic rivalry coming to an end?

Xbox Infinity vs. PlayStation 4: Is the classic rivalry coming to an end?

By on May 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM.

In the video game industry as in many popular video games themselves, a fierce rivalry has taken center stage. Sony took a commanding early lead and its PlayStation and PlayStation 2 systems are both among best-selling video game consoles of all time at No.4 and No.1, respectively. Then the tide turned and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 edged out the PlayStation 3 in the current generation console wars, having recently posted its 27th consecutive month as the top-selling console in the U.S. But we may soon see this rivalry fade as the missions of Microsoft’s next-generation “Xbox Infinity” and Sony’s PlayStation 4 begin to diverge. More →

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Microsoft Xbox Infinity Official Name

Microsoft’s next-gen console reportedly called ‘Xbox Infinity’

By on May 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM.

Microsoft’s next-gen console reportedly called ‘Xbox Infinity’

Microsoft’s hugely anticipated next-generation console apparently has a name and it isn’t the Xbox 720. Unnamed sources have told the International Business Times that the new Xbox will be called the Xbox Infinity and that development kits for the new console “are already in the hands of studios.” Microsoft will formally unveil its new Xbox on May 21st and earlier reports have indicated that it will run on the “core” version of Windows 8 and will feature an 8-core 1.6GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor, a 50GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

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Microsoft Xbox720 Always Online

Next Xbox won’t force users to stay online to play games

By on May 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM.

Next Xbox won’t force users to stay online to play games

Good news for Xbox fans: Microsoft has decided to not commit commercial suicide by forcing gamers to have an Internet connection just to play games. Ars Technica has got hold of an internal Microsoft email to Xbox engineers outlining “a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection” and instructing the engineers to make those functions “‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status.” The email goes on to say that the new Xbox should be designed for “playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game” without an Internet connection. Rumors that Microsoft would require an online connection for single-player games gained fuel recently when former Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth told critics of an always-online console to “deal with it” because “every device now is ‘always on.’”

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Xbox 720 IllumiRoom

Microsoft: Next-gen Xbox won’t include revolutionary ‘IllumiRoom’ feature at launch

By on April 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM.

Microsoft: Next-gen Xbox won’t include revolutionary ‘IllumiRoom’ feature at launch

We first saw Microsoft’s vision of the future of gaming last year when a patent filing revealed a potential Xbox 720 feature that projects images from a video game all over a room, extending the gaming experience beyond the TV screen. Our interest was piqued again when a video demo of “IllumiRoom” made the rounds earlier this week alongside rumors that the exciting new feature might be available on Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox. The feature would undoubtedly give the next Xbox an edge over rivals but unfortunately, Microsoft has confirmed that IllumiRoom won’t be included in its next-generation video game console at launch. More →

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Microsoft Xbox 720 Features

Microsoft shows off reality-distorting tech that turns entire living rooms into Xbox games [video]

By on April 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM.

Microsoft shows off reality-distorting tech that turns entire living rooms into Xbox games [video]

While Microsoft’s next Xbox won’t feature virtual reality headsets, it will try to do the next big thing by making your entire living room into a big video game screen. Microsoft on Monday posted a new demonstration video showing off the new Xbox’s IllumiRoom feature that projects aspects of games onto the walls surrounding your television set to increase immersion within virtual environments. The new feature comes with several options for filtering content if you’re not interested in having your entire living room transformed into a game world: For instance, you can choose to only have weapons or enemies displayed on the peripherals of your television set or you can choose to only have the bare outlines of the game environment displayed outside your TV. It goes without saying that IllumiRoom will likely be one of the key features Microsoft shows off when it formally unveils the new Xbox on May 21st. The full video demonstration of IllumiRoom is posted below. More →

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Xbox 720 Touch Controllers

Next-gen Xbox reportedly includes touch controllers, may be called ‘Xbox Infinity’

By on April 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

Next-gen Xbox reportedly includes touch controllers, may be called ‘Xbox Infinity’

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox video game and home entertainment consoled will be unveiled in less than a month on May 21st, and we should expect a steady flow of rumors and leaks leading up to the official debut. The latest report comes from Forbes, which claims that the next Xbox may launch as the “Xbox Infinity,” though recent rumors suggested the name might simply be “Xbox.” More interestingly, Forbes claims multiple sources at Microsoft have said that the next Xbox’s controllers will feature a clickable touch-sensitive area that will support gestures and other functions. Other recent reports suggest that the upcoming Xbox 360 successor will not require an always-on Internet connection as had previously been rumored, but game publishers will have the option of requiring an Internet connection for individual games if they desire.

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Microsoft to debut full line-up of next-gen Xbox games at E3 on June 10th

Microsoft to debut full lineup of next-gen Xbox games at E3 on June 10th

By on April 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft to debut full lineup of next-gen Xbox games at E3 on June 10th

Microsoft has big plans for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Following its unveiling of the next-generation Xbox video game console on May 21st, the company plans to “continue the conversation” at the annual gaming convention. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Polygon that the company will “showcase the new console’s software line-up” and a “full line-up of blockbuster gaming experiences” for the next-generation Xbox. More →

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Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21st

Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21st

By on April 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM.

Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21st

In line with earlier rumors, Microsoft on Wednesday invited members of the press to an event next month for its next-generation Xbox gaming system. The new console is rumored to be equipped with an 1.6GHz 8-core AMD processor, 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor, a Blu-ray Disc drive and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. The next-generation Xbox is expected to be released in time for the holiday season. Microsoft will announce the system at a press event on May 21st in Redmond, Washington at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

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Xbox 360 reigns supreme for 27th consecutive month

Xbox 360 leads console sales for 27th consecutive month

By on April 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM.

Xbox 360 leads console sales for 27th consecutive month

Microsoft’s gaming console has remained the best-selling system in the United States for the 27th consecutive month, according to new data from NPD Group. The Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units in the U.S. in March, beating out Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii U. As a whole, physical sales were down 10% year-over-year from $1.1 billion in March 2012 to $992.5 million in March 2013. Software sales remained almost flat at $554.8 million, only inching down just 1% from a year ago. The steepest decline came from hardware sales, which dropped a whopping 32% to $221.6 million. Portable consoles are said to have experienced a “stronger decline” than traditional ones, however sales of the Nintendo 3DS grew an estimated 9% year-over-year. Microsoft is expected to introduce an update to the Xbox, possibly called the Xbox 720 this spring.

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Microsoft Executive Resigns

Microsoft exec resigns after telling users to ‘deal with it’ regarding always-on Xbox controversy

By on April 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM.

Microsoft exec resigns after telling users to ‘deal with it’ regarding always-on Xbox controversy

The Microsoft (MSFT) executive who sparked controversy after making public statements regarding unannounced Microsoft products is no longer with the company. Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth made news last week when he publicly responded to concerns that the next-generation Xbox might require an always-on Internet connection to operate. Orth said he was confused by the concern and then told customers to “deal with it.” Now, according to unnamed sources speaking with video game industry blog GameInformer, Orth has voluntarily resigned. Microsoft has not confirmed Orth’s departure, however GameInformer states that a call to the company’s headquarters confirmed that he is no longer with the company.

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Xbox 720 Criticism

Dear Microsoft: Giving the next Xbox an always-online requirement might be suicidal

By on April 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM.

Dear Microsoft: Giving the next Xbox an always-online requirement might be suicidal

The stunning decline in PC shipments reported by IDC this week shows that Microsoft (MSFT) is really on the ropes in the consumer electronics market. What makes IDC’s report particularly cringe-worthy for Microsoft is that it pins some of the blame for poor PC sales on the drastic changes that Microsoft made to its Windows operating system with Windows 8. While Windows 8 may not be as universally hated as Vista was, it has still proven polarizing at a time when Microsoft faces stiff competition from mobile devices based on the hugely popular iOS and Android operating systems. More →

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PlayStation 4, Xbox 720

PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 not seen curing ‘sick market for old-school gaming’

By on April 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 not seen curing ‘sick market for old-school gaming’

It’s not only financial analysts who are bearish on the prospects of new gaming consoles from Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) — gaming industry pioneers aren’t too optimistic either. In an interview with Gamespot, Bioware cofounder Dr. Greg Zeschuk said that neither the next Xbox nor the PlayStation 4 are likely to fix the “sick market for old-school gaming” that the industry has found itself trapped in recently. Zeschuk, who cofounded the company responsible for the popular Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, went onto say “that unless Microsoft or Sony pull something magically out of a hat, it’s pretty much the same old, same old repackaged,” and that the new consoles will have a minimal impact on the retail market for high-end games.

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